Reed Carlson is an Episcopal priest with Pentecostal roots and an Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He holds a ThD from Harvard University and is a graduate of Luther Seminary and North Central University.


In his research and teaching, Reed specializes in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament as well as in the literature of Second Temple Judaism. His first book, The Spirit and the Self: Possession and Related Phenomena in Biblical Literature is forthcoming from De Gruyter. It focuses on texts concerning spirit(s) and ecstatic religious experience in biblical and Second Temple Jewish literature—especially as they relate to anthropological and ethnographic studies of possession, trance, and other similar practices in the Global South and its diasporas. Some of his work has appeared in Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Biblical Interpretation, Die Welt des Orients, Word and World, the Journal of Pentecostal Theology, and Syndicate Theology. A Fulbright scholar, Louisville Institute fellow, and Episcopal Church Foundation fellow, Reed has also taught courses at Harvard College, Harvard Divinity School, Luther Seminary, North Central University, and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.


Reed grew up in Saint Paul and still calls Minnesota home. His spouse, Britta Meiers Carlson, is an ELCA pastor, a mission developer, and a PhD student in Practical Theology at the Boston University School of Theology. Reed and Britta have one child, Anthony. They enjoy traveling and cooking together, as well as exploring the urban and rustic locales of the northeast.